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Yinxuan’s art is CUTE! It is DAMN cute! Most artists featured in this issue are digital artists working on Photoshop and Corel. Yinxuan Dezarmenien is a CG modeler using tools like Modo and Maya to sculpt and pose the figures. Yinxuan’s art resembles AAA Hollywood CG characters from Pixar, Disney, and Dreamworks. Can you imagine how exciting it would be to see these characters come to life on the big screen? Let’s cross of our fingers.
Yinxuan’s life is basically completely consumed by art and animation, Yinxuan’s husband Thierry is also an animator and they met in France. It was their love of Art and animation that is what brought them together, fall in love and eventually get married. A true art romance for the 21st century! Yinxuan and Mel Milton are the only 2 artists who are married that are featured in this issue that I know of. You’ve probably seen Yinxuan’s work before it’s very popular, gets thousands of likes and is heavily shared, in fact she’s even started selling Emoji/Stickers on the App Store so you can send these cute little faces to your friends!
Not a whole lot about Yinxuan was known so it was an exciting chance to interview her and learn more about what makes her work SO CUTE!
Urban-Muse.com: You’re a Chinese Artist living in Quebec, Canada, but you also lived in France. Another artist profiled in this issue, Qinni, Qing Han is also a Chinese artist living in Canada. What can you tell us about being an artist in Canada? How has it influenced your work?
Yinxuan Dezarmenien: True, I’m Chinese. 9 years ago, after I graduated from the Beijing Film Academy, I decided to move to France, and in 2015, I moved to Montreal, Canada, with my husband. As a freelancer, it is not really different regarding how it influences my work while France and now in Canada. My clients are from different countries. I usually just do what I like, even when I love the country I m living in, sometimes the culture from where I grew up is too different from the country I live in, it can be tricky to catch up or understand, things that I m not familiar with, it can be confusing at time, so I just focus on what I like, and try not to think too much.
Urban-Muse.com: According to your website Tyanim, you share it with your husband Thierry? Can you tell us more about him, how did you meet, and your dual project together?
Yinxuan Dezarmenien: In fact, our website was not updated for about two years now. My husband worked also as freelancer for a time when we were in France, now he is working at Framestore Montreal. We met on CG forums several years ago, when I posted my graduation short animation , it reminded his own, so we started talking a lot and found that we have so many things in common, we understand each other and support each other. At first, we did small projects together just for fun, we decided to split the work. He does the animations and I do the character design. It is a great team effort.
Urban-Muse.com: Your characters are unbelievably cute. How do you do it? You have some of the “cutest” CG characters on the web. What is your secret?
Yinxuan Dezarmenien: Thank you, I’m glad you think my characters are cute. I don’t have secrets really, I m just trying to create characters that I like, I’m happy you like them too.
Urban-Muse.com: Recently you have started selling Character Stickers/Emojis on the App store. Can you tell us more about that project?
Yinxuan Dezarmenien: I started creating and selling stickers on Line.com in 2015, then on the App Store in 2016, it’s basically personal projects. When Line.com open their market to stickers for everyone, a lot of artists from different countries and different styles joined them. It reminded me of an illustration I did several years ago, a summer girl with different cute poses, so I make a set of stickers using this girl to see how it works. Eventually it became a success. I decided to continue to create other characters for stickers, and now I’m trying to create animated stickers too.
Urban-Muse.com: One of our favorite pieces is your Chun-Li. Can you tell us more about that character and why you created her?
Yinxuan Dezarmenien: I’m very glad you like my takes of Chun-Li, I made her a while ago, I don’t remember if it was for my husband’s birthday. Anyway Chun-Li is his favorite character from the Street fighter franchise, he only play with her. I am not much of a gamer but I saw her a lot, so I wanted to try make one with my style.
Urban-Muse.com: What is your creative process like? What tools do you use?
Yinxuan Dezarmenien: Usually it start with an idea, then I will do simple sketches, to rough it out, at the same time I will gather references, photos, videos, colors, to refined my ideas and start finessing the design, at this stage I’m still using pencil and paper. Then I will do the modeling and texturing using Modo, it’s a great software and it has all the tools I need, after the modeling is done, I export it to Maya, from there I will create the poses for the body and a rough posing for the face. Then export it back to Modo, to fine tune the modeling, refining the facial, next step is the rendering, again I use Modo, the renders are easy to use and powerful enough for my needs. The finishing touch will be on photoshop. And voila!
Urban-Muse.com: What are your plans for the future? Artistic or otherwise?
Yinxuan Dezarmenien: I would like to continue creating emojis, it is fun to do and creative. Right now I really enjoy doing this.
Urban-Muse.com: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to Urban-Muse and it’s readers!
Yinxuan Dezarmenien: My pleasure, thank you for contacting me, it’s been fun answering your questions.
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